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From Rome: Hadrian's Villa & Villa d'Este Day Trip & Lunch

Activity provider: Rome Your Way

From Rome: Hadrian's Villa & Villa d'Este Day Trip & Lunch

Activity provider: Rome Your Way
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Explore the archaeological ruins of Hadrian's Villa, take a break, and enjoy a tasty lunch at a local restraurant. Learn intriguing Renaissance history visiting the stunning gardens of Villa d'Este.

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Duration 7 hours
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  • Day spent away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Explore the archaeological ruins of Hadrian's Villa
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch at a typical local restaurant
  • Admire the fountains, waterfalls, and pools in the Villa d'Este gardens
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Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este on a day trip from Rome with lunch included. Meet your guide in Rome, board a comfortable air-conditioned bus or minivan for smaller groups, and proceed to Hadrian’s Villa for a guided walking tour.

Step back in time as you explore the archaeological ruins of Hadrian’s Villa and the complex of temples, statues, theaters, and thermal baths. Learn how it was built as a retreat from Rome for the Roman Emperor Hadrian during the 2nd century A.D.

Then, hop back on the bus to head to a spot near Villa d’Este for lunch. Visit a typical restaurant to enjoy a delicious local lunch. After the lunch break, learn about the intriguing history of the Renaissance at romantic Villa d’Este, a former Benedictine convent. Walk with your guide through the villa’s stunning gardens, marvel at its impressive waterfalls and pools, and see the famous Fountain of Neptune. At the end of the day, take the bus back to Rome to the original departure point.

  • Professional guide
  • Entry to Hadrian's Villa
  • Entry to Villa d'Este
  • Lunch (set menu)
  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus or minivan for smaller groups
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet at the Rome Your Way tour office at Via Marsala 82 (near Termini station). Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour starts.

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Know before you go

  • This tour runs with a minimum of 6 participants. If the minimum number of passengers is not met, you will have the option to take the tour another day or receive a full refund.
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Hadrian’s Villa is an archeological park with gardens and statuary and enough remaining to give an understanding of what it had been. Very enjoyable. The Villa d’Este gardens are the reason to see the place. The Villa has one finished room, gorgeous, but many half completed. But the water gardens are jaw-dropping. Our guide was informative. The appetizers at lunch were delicious but the pasta bland with next to no meat in the sauce. The bus was a comfortable ride and the scenery along the way enjoyable.

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January 16, 2023

Long but extraordi ary tour, where we could see a ruin of a villa close to 2000 years, and imagine the scale of its greatness. Then, after a simple but authentic roman lunch as a break we moved to the second course. The Villa d'Este is a masterful creation of a cardinal from a very influential Italian damily, dukes of Ferrara. This cardinal was named cardinal due to the powerful influences of his family and catholic connections when he was 14. The place is marvelous in its own right, pleasant to see, observe and marvel at this interesting historical period. Very good information and pleasant presentation by our guide Nadya (?) if I remember correcty, her family just came back from Ukraniam territory. Very good service

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January 9, 2023

This was an excellent tour. Our guide Alfredo was very engaging and knowledgeable about Roman history and the archeological details of Hadrian’s Villa. He was wonderfully informative about Villa d’Este, directing us to details of the amazing engineering behind the fountains as well as plantings and best views. His enthusiasm for his subject matter was contagious. This was our favorite outing during our visit to Rome.

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September 24, 2022

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